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Geese Flying Facts

Source: The Educator, Fall 2000, Univ. Of NH Extension Service. Human Lessons from Geese.

* Geese create an "uplift" when flapping their wings. By flying in a "V" formation, the whole
flock adds 71% extra flying range in this way.

* When a goose falls out of formation, it feels the drag and resistance of flying alone and will
move quickly back into formation.

* Geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

* When a goose gets sick, wounded or shot down, two geese drop out of formation and follow it
down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. Then they launch
out with another formation to catch up with the flock.

* When the lead goose tires, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies to the point